From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources:
Tome’s Landing Marina in Port Deposit is the newest Maryland Clean Marina to be certified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The marina joins 145 other facilities that have adopted a significant portion of recommendations from the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook and passed a site inspection. DNR oversees the Clean Marina Initiative, which is a voluntary program that promotes and celebrates efforts of marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs to reduce their pollution.
“The first time I set foot in their marina I knew it would qualify for the Clean Marina Award,” said Donna Marrow, coordinator of the Maryland Clean Marina Program. “You can just see the care put forth in every facet of the marina’s operation.”
Owners Jack Conrad and David Read started the business in June 2000, consisting of two large dry storage buildings that hold approximately 200 boats. In addition to dry storage, the marina offers fuel at a carefully monitored fuel dock, marine sewage pump-outs and engine and boat repair. Pollution prevention controls are implemented in all areas of the operation.
Tome’s Landing Marina has a waste oil and battery recycling program. Water used in washing boats is filtered and every fuel dock customer is given an oil-sorbing pad to prevent even minor drips or spills.
“We’ve been what I’d call ‘clean’ for years. It’s nice to get an award from DNR to prove it,” said Conrad.
Maryland Clean Marinas are re-inspected at least every three years to ensure they continue to meet award standards. Marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs of any size in Maryland are encouraged to participate in the program. Benefits include confidential compliance assistance, free promotion by DNR at regional boat shows, a free listing on the DNR website, use of the Clean Marina logo and—in many cases—discounts on marine insurance. More information and free program materials are available by calling 410-260-8773 or visiting www.dnr.maryland.gov/boating/cleanmarina.